Once in a Lifetime Art Exhibition!

The Red Room, 1908 Henri Matisse The Hermitage Museum, Paris

The Red Room, 1908
Henri Matisse
The Hermitage Museum, Paris

You may feel a surge of joy when you see the ORIGINAL Matisse “The Red Room.” You may be brought to tears. You will certainly be stopped in your tracks.

Perhaps you think you know “The Red Room” from a thousand dorm room posters, but no reproduction can capture the depth of the vermillion wallpaper streaking down right onto the table, the cobalt blue of the sky from the window, the yellows…oh, oh, oh…

Pastorales Tahitiennes, 1892 Paul Gauguin Hermitage Museum, Russia

Pastorales Tahitiennes, 1892
Paul Gauguin
The Hermitage Museum, Russia

The artworks of the finest impressionists — Matisse, Gauguin, Picasso, Monet and many others — are on display until mid-February 2017, at the new Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum in Paris.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris Observatory of Light by Daniel Buren, temporary installation

Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum, Paris
Frank Gehry, Architect
Temporary installation: Observatory of Light by Daniel Buren

One hundred thirty works of art have been allowed to leave the major museums of Russia, the Hermitage and the Pushkin, for the first time. Odds are we will never see these works together again in our lifetime.

The study in Sergei Shchukin’s house. Photograph: Heritage Images/Getty Images

The study in Sergei Shchukin’s house.
Photograph: Heritage Images/Getty Images

The collection was put together in the late 1800’s by Sergei Shchukin, a wealthy textile industrialist from Moscow. Twenty years later, after the Bolshevik revolution, Stalin and Lenin “nationalized” the collection, branding the paintings “degenerate” and dispersing them throughout Russia, some even exiled to Siberia!

Today, 100 years later, the collection is for the first time reunited in Paris, the blockbuster of all blockbusters…”Icons of Modern Art.”

Bonjour Paris!

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14 Comments

  1. Sandy Bornstein December 6, 2016 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Wow, what a sensational exhibit!! Oh to be in Paris during this time!!

  2. Joan Parker December 6, 2016 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Love love love. And oh my I want to go to Paris and see this exhibit. It gives me chills..

  3. Kenneth Gary December 6, 2016 at 11:28 am - Reply

    My god, what a building! It might eclipse the art within. Then where would be be?

  4. JACK December 6, 2016 at 11:52 am - Reply

    I HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE TO SEE FIRST HAND THE CROWN JEWELS AND ART WORKS WHILE VISITING ST PETERSBURG (LENINGRAD RUSSIA) BACK IN THE 70’S… A LOT OF THE ART WAS STOLEN BY THE RUSSIANS DURING WWII… THE FABERGE WAS THE MOST IMPRESSIVE FOR ME… I’VE ALWAYS BEEN ATTRACTED TO PRETTY MOTORCYCLES AND GLITZ… LOL

  5. Mary December 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the art blog. Good
    to get the mind away from the
    holiday season. Have a fun xmas!
    Mary

  6. Lou Burgess December 6, 2016 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Hi Kirby,
    Always enjoy your blog and educational information.
    Every Good Wish for the Holidays and the New Year!
    Lou Burgess SMU ’64

  7. Harriet December 6, 2016 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Kirby. I only wish I could see these masterpieces!
    Merry Christmas!

  8. Lydia December 6, 2016 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Kirby, Your blog this time helps me be excited for you. You are going to Paris!! It will be so enjoyable and vicariously meaningful to find out (when you return from there) what it was like to be in the same room with all those works of art. Will you tell us all about it, please.

  9. Jane December 7, 2016 at 9:14 am - Reply

    I’ll bet you just ‘sold’ a thousand airline tickets to Paris! Great blog!

  10. Bonnie December 7, 2016 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    I really enjoyed your blog and reading about the paintings along with being able to see them. Are you going to that Louis Vuitton exhibit in Paris? I can’t imagine you passing up a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit.
    Bonnie

  11. Linda December 8, 2016 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Oh, glorious!! Thank you, Kirby.
    Linda

  12. Val December 8, 2016 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    The Paris exhibition sounds wonderful and I hadn’t heard of that. Hope all is well and Happy Christmas.
    Val

  13. Jan December 9, 2016 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Kirby,
    I wish I could travel to Paris to see this amazing collection! Hopefully you can!
    Thanks for sending this to me! I so enjoyed seeing this small sampling of great art!

    Have a lovely, Merry Christmas Season!
    Big hugs and love to you Kirby,
    Jan

  14. david kremenak December 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Amiga Mia,
    If you really want to bring some tears to the eyes of your Blogger-heads, why not have a raffle for a flight to Paris? As always, thanks for the happy/enthusiastic inducement to experience the wonders of some masters. All is well. Tu amigo, d

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